Chatzivaritis Estate, 'Mus' Xinomavro, Goumenissa, Macedonia, Greece 2019

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Lovely pure fruit in this delightful red from foot-trodden Xinomavro

Fermented in steel with indigenous yeasts, and aged for four months in old French oak before a further period of bottle ageing. Unfined and unfiltered, the philosophy is one of minimal intervention.

Chloe Chatzivariti continues her experimentation with this wine, taking a  "natural approach", giving a new impetus to the native wine scene, part of the MiNiMus series.

Chatzivaritis Estate focuses on the Greek varieties of Xinomavro, Negoska, Roditis and Assyrtico, and also cultures the popular Sauvignon Blanc , Merlot , Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon in smaller areas. In 1994 the first 50 acres vineyard in Bindabla area (light-textured sandy loaw soil) were planted. Expansion of the vineyard was inevitable and it was done gradually in the area of Filyria (medium –textured sandy clay soil).

Today the vineyard of Domaine Chatzivariti consists of 120 acres . Emphasizing the quality of the grapes , soil fertility and environmental protection organic farming was chosen .

Local storytelling says that the indigenous Greek varieties of the Xinomavro and the Negroska from which the P.D.O. Goumenissa Chatzivaritis is produced, was the wine of choice of Philip, the King of Macedonia, father of Alexander the Great. Further to this, legend also has it that great quantities of wine from the region were transferred during the 1st World War to France because it was so exquisite. As the Vangelis Chatzivaritis says on the above: "Our story is far less grandiose. But it is a story made out of long summer Mediterranean-style family gatherings, endless late night discussions intoxicated by the love for winemaking and a wine that speaks for itself."

Tasting Note: Red color with violet hints and a light turbidity. Aromas of small red fruits, blackcurrant, black cherry, liquorice and tomato. Structured palate with good tannins, fresh acidity and long finish.

Critics: 90/100 Decanter

Xinomavro 100%.